Former Colt PTO’s embezzlement case under negotiation

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By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula on July 10, 2014. No Comments

Out-of-court negotiations are ongoing in a criminal case involving a former president and treasurer of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) at Colt Elementary School in Marble Falls.

Amanda Christine Hughes is accused of embezzling at least $20,000 from the organization, partly using a debit card, the assistant district attorney for Burnet County confirmed Thursday.

The debit card was supposed to be used for PTO expenditures but was allegedly used for Hughes’ personal expenses. “It’s more complicated than just the debit card, but that is part of it,” said Richard Crowther, Burnet County assistant DA.

The trial date is set for Monday, but the DA’s office and Hughes’ lawyer, Bristol Myers, are trying to work out an agreement.

“Nothing’s been resolved or agreed to, but we’re trying to come to an agreement,” Crowther said. “It’s important to get the victim involved. We’re endeavoring to get every penny they’re entitled to. If the victims aren’t happy with what happens, I’ll try the case.”

For the full story, see Friday’s Highlander.

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